Bistro du Midi
Bistro du Midi

Bistro du Midi

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrodumidi.com/
  • Phone: (617) 426-7878
  • Hours of Operation:
    Reservations are only accepted for dinner in the main dining room.
    Lunch and dinner in the Cafe served on a walk-in basis.

    Dinner
    5:00pm - 10:00pm Monday to Sunday

    Brunch
    11:00pm - 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday

    Cafe Lunch/Dinner
    Our Cafe Menu is served ALL DAY Monday through Friday beginning at 11:30am, and beginning at 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday.
    (Served ONLY in the Cafe and at the bar, until 10:00 Sunday - Wednesday, until 11:00 Thusday - Saturday)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Provencal, French
  • Executive Chef: Robert Sisca
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private Wine Room can accommodate groups from 10 to 25 behind handsome sliding barn doors. The room features a stunning view of Boston's public garden, original sketches by Henri Matisse against deep red walls and a window into our upstairs wine cellar. The Wine Room is a perfect option for intimate family gatherings, business meetings and celebrations of any type.

    Our semi-private Matisse Alcove sits just off the main dining room with three walls around the table and the fourth side open to the dining room, providing parties of 6 to 10 guests with a more intimate dining experience while still allowing guests to enjoy the energy of the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Sam Wolf (swolf@bistrodumidi.com) 6174267878x
  • Special Events: As a way of sharing Bistro du Midi's passion for wine with everyone, we frequently host guest sommelier nights and private wine dinners hosted by winemakers, vineyard owners and other wine industry professionals. Please visit the Events & News section of www.bistrodumidi.com for details and updates.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arlington
  • Public Transit: Bistro du Midi sits directly across from Boston's Public Garden half a block from the Arlington T station on the Green Line, on the outskirts of the fabulous Back Bay neighborhood.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet begins at 5:00. $18 per car, cash only.
A word from Bistro du Midi
Bistro du Midi is an authentic Provencal Bistro focusing on the cuisine from Menton to Marseille. We offer an extensive wine list, spectacular southern French food in a relaxed atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Bistro du Midi reviews from OpenTable diners
207 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (136)special occasion (132)romantic (104)notable wine list (88)scenic view (60)neighborhood gem (51)great for outdoor dining (30)good for groups (26)hot spot (23)vibrant bar scene (18)great for lunch (8)late-night find (8)great for brunch (7)Show More
  • Lamb neck !!
    KingInk
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Never had lamb neck or seen it on menu before. It was quit wonderful. Like shanks but even more tasty. Service was great too. Our wine selection was not available so they suggested and gave us a different selection at 1/2 price. It was lovely
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Ate with party of 6. Great service, good food. Fun restaurant but table was physically a little too big for group conversation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pete
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service was very good as was the wine but the food was bit bland.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous for foodies
    Lamourdelamer
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our first visit to Bistro du Midii we orderd the seven course tasting menu.... Varied seafood options prepared perfectly with savory accompaniments. Perfect modest portion sizes, packed with layers of flavor. The soufflés to finish the meal were exquisite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Tisha
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had one of the best meals I have had in as long as I can remember. My only regret is getting the small plate of wild boar bolognese. We actually ordered a second round of events.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great spot in Boston
    rj81
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had a memorable and incredibly enjoyable meal at Bistro du Midi. The service was perfect and the food fabulous. I would highly recommend this spot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food, shame about service
    Dickie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The great food was somewhat spoiled by poor service. The sommelier disappeared after selling the wine and we ended up serving our own wine. The check was presented without being requested, whilst we were still eating and without us even do being asked if we wanted coffee! The staff were generally a bit up themselves and off hand.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    HarvestSolutionsVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife and I along with friends of our went to this restaurant to celebrate our anniversaries. I had called earlier that day to let them know we were celebrating a special occasion. They said that would put together a dessert for us to acknowledge our anniversaries. Although the staff acknowledged our anniversary when we sat down, they never brought the dessert. Three of us ordered duck. Although the plate was hot, the duck itself was cold. We sent it back. When it was returned, it was lukewarm at best. The staff was apologetic and provided us with a complementary glass of dessert wine. I would go back but when you spend that kind of money, you expect the food to be hot.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Night
    Mudhead
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary by going to dinner at Bistro du Midi, followed by a show. I let the restaurant know that it was our anniversary in our reservation and asked if they had my husband's favorite liquor on hand so he could enjoy a drink. When we got to the restaurant, we found they took that note to heart. We had a personal note from the management wishing us a joyous night and many happy years ahead. They served us complimentary aperitifs that incorporated the same flavors of my husband's preferred drink, served him a complimentary drink when our desserts took a little too long, and wished us a happy anniversary again with our desserts. If that wasn't all enough, the food was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Fantastic Dinner!
    Paul
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We returned to Bistro du Midi for another celebratory dinner and we were not disappointed. From the moment we entered the restaurant, we were treated like royalty. Our seats were comfortable with a nice view of Boston Common. We started with a pair of signature cocktails, which were great. Our appetizers and entrees were delicious and the wine was spectacular. One minor complaint - our first choice for wine was not in stock, although according to our server, the list had just been updated... Dessert (pre-ordered souffles) was a perfect crowning to a perfect evening. Our server, Olga was excellent - she was polite, friendly, courteous and engaging - really fun - she made our night. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great meal; wonderful wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food is great here, but the professional, attentive, and friendly staff really make the experience. The wine list is a standout, and Todd the head sommelier is absolutely the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    JMNWVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great food competent bar narrow but good wine list fabulous cuisine and attentive service, what else can one ask? Go - you will enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maureen
    Maureen
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great dining experience. Food was delicious, service was great, and the sommelier was very helpful. Overall a very nice night out. We were happy diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious food, great service and
    geraldroyrondoeVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed another wonderful evening at Bistro du Midi. The food, the welcoming attention by the entire staff and a table overlooking the Boston Public Garden made for a wonderful evening. The menu offers an interesting selection of Crudos, small plates and a nice variety of seafood and meat choices. We had the Tea Smoked Salmon Crudo to start followed by the Monkfish and the house made Tagliatelle with Lobster and Sea Urchin sauce. Every dish was delicious. One of our favorite side dishes at Bistro du Midi is the Wild Mushroom saute. It is a mixture of of mushrooms but on this particular evening it was heavy handed with the salt which detracted from the dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • marjoVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A truly nice restaurant. The menu choices are varied and all of them that we have had have been outstanding. The service is also excellent and the wine and cocktail list can not be better. Place has a great atmosphere with just the right amount of noise. It is a restaurant you can have a wonderful, un rushed meal. We will be back again as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with Daughter
    HopkintonFoody
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A past visit customer and this past weekend Bitro du Midi continues to be a gem. Warm greeting when you arrive, staff attentive yet "in the wings" so as not to be intrusive, food spectacular and wine wonderful. Of most importance, got to have dinner with our daughter. Can you tell we really enjoyed the visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Not one to be negative (don't ask my husband), I will say that our server seemed as if on autopilot, the room was quite loud, and two members of our party asked for half portions of their main course and were served about two tablespoons of food. I'm not rushing back anytime soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Here is your wine, enjoy! Uh, wait!
    Bradus
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have been to this restaurant more than 10 times. Food and service is always great. This occasion was no different. The disappointing experience was with the wine. We ordered a $75 bottle of wine, which our server delivered to our table just as we were finishing our cocktails. I didn't pay much attention as the wine was presented beyond the customary taste to confirm it was good, etc. 5 minutes later, the somelier pops by to say they gave us the wrong wine by mistake; it's a $150 bottle and they need to take it away. In the meantime, "here is your wine" and they swap bottles. My view is that they should have just said "Our mistake, enjoy!" and left it at that. This decision was a bad one. The wine didn't taste good afterwards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent on this visit, but it was not crowded. Can be vey noisy when it is full.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT FOOD, SERVICE AND AMBIANCE
    PBDG
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Wonderful Experience, Great Service, Food was amazing, look forward to visiting again the next time we are in Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BEWARE *EXTREMELY* Over-Hyped Food
    IsabelleArcher
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Boyfriend and I were visiting in town and I wanted to find a romantic dinner for two - something nice but not extravagantly expensive. Everything fit the bill: location, ambience, service... Except the food (especially for the price). This restaurant is categorized as French, but the menu is very seafood-oriented. There were only a handful of dishes prepared without it. I ordered the roast chicken, which ended up costing $50 (the waiter failed to clarify when I asked if I could order a single portion). This, in and of itself, is fine except that the chicken was devoid of flavor (sadly, I've tasted better at Costco or the local supermarket) and my side of veggies was less than 1/6 cup. We spent $200 on a very lackluster, disappointing meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the best experience this time
    MariyaVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I've been going to Bistro du Midi for 4 years. Every holiday and special occasion is spent here. Usually I have the pleasant experience I have become so used to having at this romantic and fabulous restaurant. This time around, I was a little disappointed. The waitress took forever (the place wasn't packed), I wasn't able to order my favorite chicken dish because it was exclusive to first floor diners (first time this has happened, usually they are so accommodating) and the dish I did order, wasn't up to Bistro du Midis standards. Not sure what's going on here, but I may think twice before visiting my favorite restaurant in Boston again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our very favorites
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Bistro du Midi is one of our very favorite restaurants in Boston. We love eating outside or, on cooler evenings and lunches, we like a window table upstairs. The the atmosphere is romantic ,food is superb and the service is excellent. The staff is welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food4fuel
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Bistro du Midi is one of my favorite restaurants for the quality of the food-excellent escargot, fantastic wine list and sommelier. Better to go when it is not Dine Out Boston week. Lovely dining room. We had the good fortune of sitting at the same table, overlooking the Public Garden.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were well taken care of once upstairs in the restaurant. The woman at the reception encouraged us to have a drink at the bar downstairs which we did but then sent other couples upstairs during the time we were waiting and they got a better table..window on the public garden. We were fine but seated next to a family with a baby on the inner side of the room. We love kids but not when out for a romantic celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Outstanding
    bitsandpiecesVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have been fans of Bistro du Midi for a few years, sometimes grabbing lunch at the first floor setting, other times having an elegant dinner upstairs. The menu is lovely, the food outstanding (the monk fish with sauce au poive is our favorite and the souffles are melt-in-your-mouth delicious) and the servers are knowledgeable, professional and very good. On Friday we sampled a few different sides, the brussel sprouts, polenta and haricots vert. All the vegetables were fresh and beautifully prepared. The polenta was a great pairing with the monkfish. The blueberry tart (it had a nice rich blueberry flavor, not too sweet) which is served with a caramel sorbet is outstanding, too. Think I have run out of superlative adjectives....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but very noisy
    nickVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    the Maitre D was excellent, but overall everything was good but not wow. An incredibly noisy place(lowish ceiling, hard surfaces etc) makes it very difficult to hear anything that's said, whether at your table or the wait staff. In addition, the waiter spoke very quickly and not too clearly so it was difficult to understand what he said. The food was good as was the wine selection, but everything was overshadowed by the harshness of the noise. If we return, it would only be outside downstairs.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good
    PileatedVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    One of the best views in town. Solid service. But the food is the highlight. No bad choices.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doing Dine Out Boston right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    A group of friends never says die...and insists on a Restaurant Week outing (now Dine Out Boston) at least annually. We've had very mixed experiences in the last few years. Bistro du Midi has restored my faith in what such an event should be! $38 for a choice of three courses gave us wonderful options for starters, entrees and desserts. The upstairs room is lovely, lively and comfortable. Our service was friendly, prompt and attentive. Starter portions were appropriately sized to provide delicate tastes of such items as hamachi (fish) tartare, escargot and pate. The gnocchi entree was heavenly. Desserts were fantastic. We really felt welcomed and well-served. This is the way to get return customers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HughesVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The hospitality was extra-ordinary, and the food was also the best one would expect. After our third great experience, we wil return with a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We met my sister and niece who were flying into Boston to catch a connecting flight to Italy. What a wonderful place! Top notch! Food and staff were Excellent!!!!!! Only recommendation would be although the plate was very hot, monk fish was not. Thanks for a great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always reliable
    mellenVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Classic bistro food with a modern twist. Excellent wine program and the sommeliers are always helpful in finding a unique selection to complement the food. Service can be a little rushed when they are really busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Helpful staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This was our first visit to Bistro du Midi, and we found it a bit noisy for our plans. The staff was very accommodating and made our meal the wonderful occasion we had hoped for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1boston
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    prefer tablecloths...........menu a bit limited......wine list was also limited
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Class Dining
    PtownbillyVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The restaurant faces The Public Garden and has those charming views from both floors; downstairs has the bar, open windows, and nice outdoor seating; upstairs has expansive windows, and a sumptuous and elegant feel. Every staff member was welcoming, gracious and attentive. The food is quite fit for foodies, perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. This is a place to impress, on a level with the marvelous L'Espalier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Service
    southendFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Service was awful- waiter didn't seem interseted and was always distracted. There were 3 in our party- apparently the waiter didn't write down what each of us ordered for appetizer, dinner, or dessert. Each time I was given the meal my boyfriend or mother was supposed to get! Come on- isn't this supposed to be "fine dining"? I had to repeatedly pour my own water- as no one came by to check. Besides bad service- I ordered the wrong items. Bouillabaise with no flavor and all mush of fish. My lemon blueberry dessert had no flavor and was hard as a rock. My mom's souffle was more like a molten lava cake with no flavor. The duck and Samon cru were good. Def not hurrying back or even going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to celebrate!!!
    TrishVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Took my oldest friend to Bistro du Midi to celebrate her dinner. Everything was spectacular!!! Love the lamb neck!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    KFBLVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Bistro us Midi is consistently outstanding on every level! We have never been disappointed by anything we have eaten, the service or the wine list. Todd, the sommelier, was very helpful picking out a wonderful wine, he really listened to what kind my husband was interested in. His suggestion, which we took and really enjoyed, was in the middle of the $ range my husband gave him. The service is impeccable and yet they don't take themselves too serious. Fabulous and wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gift
    Satisfied
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We celebrated 2 birthdays in the Bistro du Midi. It was 6 of us and we were seated in the back of the restaurant in the private area on the second floor! We all felt like we were the only ones in the restaurant and the staff catered to our needs only. Our waitress was very accommodating, knowledgeable and prompt. The food was wonderful! We ordered various appetizers and entrees from the menu and everything was delicious. We will definitely be back and will recommend the restaurant to all our friends. The atmosphere of the restaurant, the amazing food, wonderful service was truly a a great gift for our birthday celebration. THANK YOU!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Had another very good meal at Bistro du Midi. I was not a fan when it first opened but it has greatly improved and I now go frequently. Both service and food and excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.